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    Manali to Khardungla Pass cycling

    Cycling is one of the most adventurous and fascinating challenges. To ride in the sturdy mountainous area and the high passes one must have real energy and enthusiasm. On first phase, visit a temple called Hidimba Devi, out of wood with remarkable carving. Thereafter, you drive steeply up to "Old Manali". It is a picturesque village close to the ruins of the Fortress Mandakot.

    After crossing, the Beas River you come to the hot sources of Vashist. Get acclimatized with nature while moving to the Rothang La. Visit the last village, called Kothi. There are many serpentines to the Rohalla Falls.

    You can enjoy the view over the glacier peaks of Spiti and the mountains of Ladakh. Enjoy the downward trek of 1000 meters to the town of Khoksar. The four monasteries nearby the former capital of Lahaul are worth seeing. The monastery of Kardung stands out at the opposite hillside in the sun.

    A trip to Baralacha La, 4670m, is a challenging one. The height of this pass is a crossing- point of archaic caravan-ways. Bhaga, Chandra and one of the brooks of Zanskar flow from here. These rivers move in direction northwards to Indus. Put up campsite in Sarchu at the Zanskar River.

    Travel round 38 km, a ride on cycle will bring you to the Gataloops. Push up your bike in many serpentines and reach Nakee La 5050m. Take a short descent (250m) and go uphill after that. You will arrive to your final destination Lachalung La at 5150 m.

    Major attractions

    Hadimba Devi Temple

    It is one of the most visited temples. Hadimba was a wife of Bhima, later became the goddess of Kullu royal family. This temple is famous for its intricate wooden carvings. A popular picnic spot, Hadimba Devi Temple was built in 16th century.

    Vashisht village 

    It is the village of Vashisht, which is famous for its hot sulphur springs. Around 3km away from Manali, this village has some ancient temples, devoted to Lord Rama and sage Vashisht. 

    Kothi village

    A pictorial village is set at the Bottom of Rohtang Pass. It offers striking views of deep gorge. An idyllic village is only 16 km from Manali. The pleasant river Beas flows through deep gorges. The village is surrounded by high rocks.

    How to get there 

    By Air

    Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have regular flights to and fro Leh. Leh airport is linked with important cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh. 

    By Road 

    Regular state transport bus services run between Srinagar and Leh and Manali and Leh. If you do not prefer traveling by bus, the alternative available is jeeps.

    By Rail

    Jammu is the closest railway station and is 734 km from Leh. From here Buses take two days to reach Leh.

    Best Time to Visit

    10th June to 30th September

    Places to visit nearby

    Khardung Village

    About 20 km from the most picturesque Khardung la pass, this village come small settlement is a part of the Nubra valley.

    Manu Temple

    Dedicated to the sage Manu, this temple is placed very near to Hadimba temple. Manali name is derived from the sage Manu.

    Rohtang Pass 

    Around 51 km from Manali, the majestic Rohtang pass is located at an elevation of 3980 m. It imparts wonderful views of the places around and the peaks of Gaypan.

    Things to keep in mind 

    Jagdish Chandrakant Chaudhari of Ahmedabad was the youngest person to scale Khardungla pass on a TVS Scooty in 1994. An NCC Cadet , this 19 year old's achievement has been noted by the Limca Book of World Records too. 

    You should be physically fit and a good biker as the high passes are bit technical. 

    This trek can be reached at an elevation of 5359 m. 

    There will be a support car, which carries your luggage, so you can enjoy the scenic Himalayan range. 

    Take permits, if required.

    Maintain silence to cherish the natural environ.

    Things to carry

     Binoculars and camera
    Sleeping bag
    Hiking shoes 
    Woolen clothes, gloves, socks 
    Water, juices, snacks
    Electric torch
    Medical kit
    A good compass
    An extra pair of clothes


Cycling in Manali